Resident of Dahlonega
Mrs. Eda Christine Ragsdale, age 86, of Dahlonega passed away on November 23, 2019.
Eda was born August 28, 1933 in Selma, Alabama to the late Rudolph and Blanche Lawhon. She grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, and graduated from George S. Gardner High School in 1950. Eda studied at MS State College for Women and the University of TN, Knoxville.
Eda developed an interest in law enforcement with her first job working in the crime lab at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the 1950s. While raising her children she worked as a crossing guard at their school. Eda served as a Police Officer with the Dekalb County Police Department from 1965 to 1985 and was with the Dekalb School System Transportation Department from 1987 to 1995. In 1995 she retired and moved to Dahlonega where she worked for the Gold Museum for two years.
Eda is survived by her children Deborah Ragsdale, Steven Ragsdale, and Forrest Ragsdale (Lisa); her grandchildren Miranda Mitchell (Andrew), Adelaide Leonard, Tori Ragsdale, and James Ragsdale; and nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Eda is preceded in death by her husband James Ragsdale and sister Marie Oglesby.
Eda was a devoted mother and grandmother who was always there for her family. She enjoyed her retirement in the beauty of the north Georgia mountains. She loved all living creatures and rescued many animals throughout her life. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Memorial service arrangements are pending.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega.
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